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#26441 of 26450 Re: Anybody wanna take a wild guess... [fintail]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 05, 2013 (9:04 am)
That Merc would make a nice Pro Street rod. Put a big block in there, Hotchkis suspension, some 18" wheels, disc brakes, custom dash with full instrumentation, vintage AC---and there you go.
#26442 of 26450 Re: Anybody wanna take a wild guess... [MrShift@Edmunds]
Dec 05, 2013 (1:08 pm)
I would love to see an old vintage road test of one of those '57-60 era Mercurys with a big engine option. About the closest I recall seeing was a Consumer Reports test of a '58 Edsel. Memory's a bit fuzzy, but I think it was one of the smaller, Ford-based models like a Ranger or Pacer, but if so it would've had a 361 CID V-8. If it was a bigger Corsair or Citation, it would've had a 410. They said that, at that point, from 0-60 it was the fastest car they had ever tested.
That may not be saying much, as CR would usually test run-of-the-mill, fairly inexpensive, mass market cars. They had tested Corvettes and T-birds prior to that, but in those days, those cars could be had with mild engines. And they'd test sports cars every once in awhile, but in those days, most sports cars, semi-affordable ones, at least, weren't fast in a straight line. The "sports" was in the handling.
I think they got 0-60 in around 8.5 seconds with that Edsel. While that doesn't sound all that impressive, CR was usually a bit conservative in their testing. C&D or MT would've gotten a quicker time.
#26443 of 26450 Re: Anybody wanna take a wild guess... [andre1969]
Dec 05, 2013 (2:07 pm)
I think there was a review by "Uncle Tom" McCahill that says he was pretty impressed with the Edsel 410.
#26444 of 26450 Re: Anybody wanna take a wild guess... [lemko]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 05, 2013 (2:26 pm)
I'm sure it was a real torque monster with all those cubes, but probably as foul-handling and badly braked as most domestics of that era.
GM just had it all over Ford in those days styling-wise.
#26445 of 26450 Re: FINALLY!!! [lemko]
Dec 05, 2013 (6:53 pm)
You'll need to get a pic with the new tires, so we can judge it
#26446 of 26450 Re: Anybody wanna take a wild guess... [andre1969]
Dec 05, 2013 (10:32 pm)
I would love to see an old vintage road test of one of those '57-60 era Mercurys with a big engine option.
Well, in 1973 SIA did a test on a '57 Turnpike Cruiser 4-door hardtop with the 290 hp 368 and measured 0-60 in 9.8 and the 1/4 mile in 17.2 sec at 80 mph even.
#26447 of 26450 Re: FINALLY!!! [fintail]
Dec 06, 2013 (5:52 pm)
Finally got my 1989 Cadillac Brougham back this afternoon! The tires look awesome! Will post pics when I get back to Philly. I still need to take care of a few more details under the hood. Hopefully my friend who is also a Brougham aficionado can locate this component. I also need to locate a left mud flap with the Cadillac script. Will try to locate a tasteful aftermarket set.
#26448 of 26450 Re: FINALLY!!! [lemko]
Dec 06, 2013 (6:45 pm)
Cool. Is the problem part under the hood the (presumably plastic) inner fender? I bet those can be hard to come by. I bet you'll find a mudflap, I have to imagine they made those for a number of years.
#26449 of 26450 Re: FINALLY!!! [fintail]
Dec 07, 2013 (5:59 am)
Actually, it's a little red plastic box where the positive ground bolt is housed. It was on the plastic inner wheel housing that got wiped-out. They found the housing itself easily enough. They can't locate this little red plastic box which is about 2 inches by 1 inch and mounts at the peak of the housing. I was lucky the wiring harness itself didn't get wiped-out, else I'd be in a world of crap. The insulation on the hood cable was also damaged. I'm hoping my friend who is even more of a Brougham geek than I am can locate these for me. Trouble with my car is it's too old to have much dealer support and too new to have much aftermarket support. The best thing is, other than the tires, I didn't spend too much out of my own pocket for the repair. They did find some great NOS stainless rocker panel and wheel arch trim which is pretty much unobtainium.
#26450 of 26450 Re: FINALLY!!! [lemko]
Dec 07, 2013 (8:26 am)
Some of that stuff should be able to be junkyard sourced, too - surely there are specialized Caddy dismantlers like there are for German cars, right?
That car is in the position you mention - too new to be old, too old to be new.